Meaningless Match Allows Scorpions Chance for Points

Atlanta, who already qualified for the Soccerbowl, travel to San Antonio
by Chris Hockman   |   Friday, October 04, 2013

Defending The Fort - column on San Antonio Scorpions (SASFC) & the San Antonio soccer scene.

"Meaningless, meaningless, all is meaningless says the teacher."

So starts Ecclesiasties in what could very well be the catch cry for the match between the Atlanta Silverbacks and the San Antonio Scorpions the new format of the NASL has made this match completely meaningless.

And some Scorpions fans will point out that with 5 games to play there are 15 points up for grabs and the Scorpions season as a result is not over, that figure ignores the fact that every other team also plays meaning that teams are at least picking up some points.

While it is true, the Scorpions season isn't completely over just yet. But it is all but gone with New York needing just 2 points from the remaining 5 matches to finally eliminate the Scorpions, and that's assuming the Scorpions win every remaining match.

What makes things worse is that the Scorpions biggest rivals, Minnesota United, face New York this week and they sit at 2nd place. So even a New York loss barely changes that equation. There's no way that New York don't pick up 2 points and even if they didn't that would see some one else rise to the top, the Scorpions season is over.

The new format of the NASL has also made this match completely irrelevant for Atlanta, who can do nothing – even if they were doing worse than the Scorpions – to change their position in the NASL, they will be hosting the SoccerBowl regardless.

As a result it makes Atlanta unpredictable, they've been regularly changing their lineup to give their squad a run as they look to build ahead of the SoccerBowl.

The big question that remains is if the Scorpions will give some time to any of their fringe players as their season has now faded away it presents a chance to give some youngsters a go in the squad, something that was frustratingly rare under Tim Hankinson.

Prediction: Matches like these that don't really matter are hard to call but the Scorpions are playing for their contracts with their time running out to prove their worth so they will probably have more motivation. 1-1

NEXT UP: October 5 – San Antonio Scorpions vs. Atlanta Silverbacks, Toyota Field, San Antonio, Texas. 7:30 p.m. EST,


Univ W. Sydney & Youthworks Coll.
Club Domestic:
Houston Dynamo, San Antonio Scorpions, Austin Aztex
Club Foreign:
Central Coast Mariners
Originally from Australia found football (or soccer as you Yanks call it) a great connection in a new country. Freelance writer since 2005 covering Australian and US Soccer. Based out of San Antonio but can regularly be seen in Houston, Austin and Dallas.